Books

Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

Embarrassing Financial Questions

Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill With a Credit CardYou know those times you have a question, and you just can’t bring yourself to ask it – just too embarrassing? Well, when it comes to financial questions, Mary Hunt is answering them for you. Her latest book Can I Pay My Credit Card Bill with a Credit Card is full of hundreds of financial questions and helpful answers. 

 

Quicksand Escape 101

If you are a fan of television survival shows (such as Man vs. Wild or Survivorman) and you don't mind a little humor thrown in with your survival instructions, try a book from The Worst-Case Scenario series by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. These handy pocket-size guides offer simple survival techniques for a diverse set of situations, such as wrestling down an alligator or fleeing from a volcanic erruption.

On the Shelf: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting & Crocheting

Hi! I’m Barbara, and I’m a knit-aholic.

What If There is No Discussion Guide for Your Book Club?

It is always helpful to have some starter discussion questions ready for your book club. Often you can find these at the back of your book, on a publisher's website, or on one of the reading group sites. But what do you do if none are available? The Reading Group Guides website offers some general questions that can be adapted to a wide variety of books, from biographies to mysteries to historical fiction.

Poems by the Pound

If you’ve ever taken an Intro to American Literature course in high school or college, you will remember the textbook well, and not necessarily for the gems from the western canon that it contained. If you’re like me, you remember that book for its sheer physical weight and the way the straps of your backpack cut into your shoulders as you slogged across campus to the classroom where an instructor stood waiting to flog the life out of Bradstreet, Hawthorne and Melville.

DEAR DIARY

 

There's something irresistibly intriguing about a diary.  It might contain a totally bland description of a humdrum day, BUT there's a chance that within those pages lies an extraordinary insight, strange confession, or shocking secret about the writer.  Do you read it and intrude on someone's private life and thoughts without their permission?  

2009 Hugo Award Winners

Presented at: Anticipation, Montréal, Quebec, August 6-10, 2009
    * Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
    * Best Novella: The Erdmann Nexus, Nancy Kress (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)
    * Best Novelette: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Mar 2008)
    * Best Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Old and New in Graphic Novels

Did you know that The New York Times publishes a Bestsellers List specifically for graphic novels? The list is separated into three sections that list hardcover, paperback, and manga novels. Twice a month, I will post "highlights" of their selections, one post dedicated to graphic books and the second dedicated to manga.

All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder by Frank Miller. Although Batman and Robin have been around for a while, one might find it difficult to find the first comic book story about duo. This novel tells the story of how it first began and is definitely a must-read for lovers of superheroes and villains.

The Overlook by Michael Connelly

The OverlookIn The Overlook, Harry Bosch investigates the death of a doctor killed on the Mulholland Drive overlook.

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